Times of India poll on 7th May, 2002 showed
that corruption is perceived to be the biggest problem facing the country today “the
number one problem”
"Fifty-five years of our existence as an independent nation and 53 years of working of
the Constitution, have resulted in one common experience of all Indian citizens. They cannot
go to any public organisation or office today and get the services which they are supposed to
get without either paying bribe or bringing influence by way of recommendations or references
from VIPs," emphasises N. Vittal — a man who has observed, analysed and above all,
boldly crusaded against corruption, calling it "by far the biggest challenge to the
growth of our society and nation." His current outlook on corruption in India is that of
a self-determined, sensitive patriot who by virtue of his position as the Central Vigilance
Commissioner (CVC) had the opportunity of being able to get a panoramic view of the whole
thing — only to conclude,
that the problem of corruption CAN BE TACKLED.
Through this slim, easy-to-read book, he shares with us his thoughts, ideas, and experiences
on this critical subject and his vision of "a corruption-free India."
Humorous and witty at places, throwing up hard facts in-between, the twelve chapters
comprising this book 'openly' discuss the serious aspects of corruption and the various
interrelated issues. Readers would find very convincing, the simple and straight-forward
arguments posed by the well informed author. Using examples from real life, quoting words of
wisdom (shlokas), making references to great people and great books, N. Vittal has done every
bit to illustrate corruption in India as 'the roadblock' to national prosperity. But his task
does not end here. Vittal's writing is soaked in optimism. His worthwhile suggestions keep
coming all the way and the final chapter virtually declares his proposed "strategy"
to combat corruption most effectively.
The book is meant to attract anybody and everybody who feels strongly about corruption and
doesn't mind reading a few pages written by someone as appropriate as Mr. N. Vittal.